Kenny Rogers, SheDaisy, Hank Jr. + Many More Leave Labels
Word on Music Row is that several well-known artists have fallen victim to their respective record labels cleaning house this past year. According to CMT, label publicists provided an annual survey that denotes comings and goings on their rosters since March 2009.
Among those who have gone their separate ways are Kenny Rogers from Capitol, Trace Adkins from Capitol (who has since signed with Show Dog-Universal), SheDaisy from Lyric Street, Emerson Drive from Valory Music Co., Randy Owen from Broken Bow and Hal Ketchum, the Bellamy Brothers and Hank Williams Jr. from Curb Records.
With all due respect to privacy policies, it is not noted by label publicists whether an artist was dropped by the label, or if the artist declined to renew their contract.
Also moving on this past year has been Jessica Andrews and Trent Tomlinson from Lyric Street, Rhonda Vincent from Rounder, Jennifer Hanson and Shooter Jennings from Show Dog-Universal, Jason Michael Carroll from Arista, Pat Green from BNA, Shelby Lynne from Lost Highway, and Keith Anderson and Gretchen Wilson from Columbia Nashville. Gretchen of course, has since launched her own label, Redneck Records.
According to CountryMusicTattleTale, record deals have also been axed for Kevin Costner and Modern West (Show Dog-Universal), Mica Roberts (Show Dog-Universal), Crystal Shawanda (Sony/BMG) and Ray Stevens (Curb).